Girlfriend clearly got da spin skillz….
By Uncle Blurt
Well, that’s been fun today: we’re talking the endless recycling of Muffs frontwoman Kim Shattuck’s comments at the NME about her well-documented, abrupt firing—by management, not by a band member— from the Pixies as the replacement for bassist Kim Deal. (A Perfect Circle/Zwan bass gal Paz Lenchatin has of course been hired in her place.)
Depending on how any given media outlet spun the story, it all boiled down to, (a) Shattuck was blindsided and unaware of any “issues” in the band (yeah, right—c’mon this is the friggin’ Pixies… you didn’t bother to wonder why Kim Deal quit in the first place?!?); (b) Black Francis not being happy about a Los Angeles show where Kim jumped into the crowd, he supposedly not being of the jump-in-crowd type himself, nor wanting to be upstaged (plausible, but this sounds like management freaking out over nothing); or (c) those jolly lads of the Pixies still being nice folks, after all, and this is probably as it is meant to be, plus Paz will be better in the long run (this last spin is what websites hoping to still score free Pixies concert tickets will post).
But sometimes, Dr. Freud, a banana is just a banana. Shit didn’t work out: the guys didn’t think the gal’s personality meshed with theirs. Shattuck, ever the diplomat and not wanting to dish, although you can clearly read between the lines, said this of being told she was out of the band:
“I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!’,” she says. “We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: ‘The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.’ I was shocked.
“I get the feeling they’re more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren’t thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, ‘Really, for my own safety?’ And he said, ‘No, because the Pixies don’t do that.’
“I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people. I’m still a fan of the Pixies!”
In the meantime, we here at BLURT are in the process of trying to convince editor Fred Mills to dig out his old Pixies interview with David Lovering, from the early ‘90s, on the eve of the band’s ill-fated tour opening for U2. It’s never been published in its entirety, and in its candor, should raise more than a few eyebrows as it outlines the dysfunctional dynamics of the group back then—recall that they broke up after the U2 tour. Lovering, who worked as a magician following the Pixies’ initial demise, might have wanted to use some hocus pocus to make his quotes go away. Write us, if you wanna see it on the BLURT site sometime in the near future.